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Something Old, Something New

Hiya kids, hiya hiya hiya.

With season 4 of HBO's GAME OF THRONES almost upon us, I thought the time was ripe for me to give my readers another taste of WINDS OF WINTER.  So I will shortly be posting a new sample chapter there.  (If you have not read the Arianne chapter that has been up there lo these many months, better do so soon, because Arianne will be coming down when the new sample goes up).

The new chapter is actually an old chapter.  But no, it's not one I've published or posted before, and I don't even think I've read it at a con (could be wrong there, I've done readings at so many cons, it all tends to blur together).  So it's new in that it is material that no one but my editors (well, and Parris, and David and Dan, and a few others) have ever seen before, but it's old in that it was written a long time ago, predating any of the samples that you have seen.  The first draft was, at any rate.  I've rewritten it a dozen times since then.

Anyway, I've blathered on about it long enough, I will let the text speak for itself.

Chapter title is "Mercy."

(And as with past samples, please don't talk about it here.  There are dozens of great places to talk about the books on the web, but this is not one of them.  If you want to talk about the chapter after you've read it, check out Westeros or Tower of the Hand or one of the many other great Ice & Fire sites).

Watch my website.  Coming soon.


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James Rutledge Roesch
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
I have a good feeling about this. Winter is coming.
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks George.

Read the Tyrion one that came with Ice and Fire app update. As we saw with Rogues, anything can happen this year, regardless of what the media or Twiiter says.

Hope the writing is going well for you.
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh joy, happiness, yay!!
I LOVE you, I lurv YOU!!
Valar Dohaeris
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am having a really bad week in work. This is a nice ray of sunshine in the crapiness. I'm grateful that you do posts like this. Again, thank you!
Javi Marcos
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
SANSA! Finally! After almost 10 years!!!

I'm hyper excited
Missy Elley
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm super excited now.
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
New peek
Well I'll definitely be checking that out. I've only had mad crushes on two characters in ASOIAf. Ygritte and Arianne. Arianne's POV has me speculating all over the place, so now I'll have to catch this new one. Thanks, George! :-)

The North Remembers!
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Thank you! What can that chapter title possibly mean? Do you actually read the comments here? Wow, I'm starstruck already. Can hardly wait 🙊! Waiting for Winds of Winter has been such a sweet agony, it has given me the chance to reread the series 3 times. Bide your time, your work is magic. Greetings from México!
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
... to get some new stuff. Would be great if you kept the tradition to give us a new treat from the next book once every year at about the same time (Theon & Arianne were very behaving Christmas presents in the last few years).

And the chapter should be either the Prologue (unlikely), the next Sansa chapter (we are all looking forward to that one!), or, most likely, the next Arya chapter. We all know that she knows (no) mercy!
Siobhan Mooney
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Could it be... a Sansa chapter??? I live in hope. No matter what it is, though, thanks for sharing.
Raquel Fernández Andrés
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy , happy ....because I'm happy!!!
Maxence Fernandes
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Many thanks
Thank you very much for this present Mr. Martin. Hope this WOW doesn't cause too much trobles.
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
You really do make me happy. Thanks a lot, Ser George.
Arjan de Vries
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:15 am (UTC)
You've only released old chapters that were already written when DANCE was out.

That could mean that each completely new chapter is very, very spoilery, because George doesn't want to release them. :o
Katherine Almonte
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
If it's a Sansa chapter, I'm going to explode in happiness. However, if it's Arya, I have no words for it. Exciting! Oh Bran and Rickon I miss them....

Something is something
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
Fingers crossing for Sansa! ;)
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
anything new is like water in the desert, I will take it gladly and give thanks.
Cannot wait for more story, so much to fill in, maybe we will find answers, more likely we will have more questions. Love to the great oneGRRM
Euan Goethals
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
That's an interesting title. I will be looking forward to it :)
Greg Miller
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks G Money
Mar. 26th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
Bless you. Thank you for sharing!
Mar. 26th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
Please please please let it be a Sansa chapter.........
in any case, awesome!
Mar. 26th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Ohhhh I hope it is a Sansa chapter!!!
Jennifer Steinbrenner
Mar. 26th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
So excited!
Yay!!! We can't wait to read it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Mar. 26th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you, looking forward to reading it!
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